If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then The Hunger Games must feel pretty damned flattered by the number of similar young adult films appearing on the horizon. The latest of these female-led adventures set in an Orwellian hell-scape is this adaptation of Veronica Roth’s young adult novel, Divergent. Here is the first trailer that premiered during this weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards:
Taking place in a future where all citizens are separated into classes that personify different virtues (selflessness, bravery, intelligence, etc…), the story follows a young girl (Shailene Woodley from The Descendants) who doesn’t fall into any of these predetermined categories: she is what they call ‘divergent’. And if there’s one thing we know about the powers-that-be in all dystopian futures, it’s that they hate individualism.
As the governing system starts to go all Logan’s Run on her, Woodley’s character discovers that there’s something even more sinister brewing under the surface of this seemingly perfect world.
Divergent is slated for a UK release 21 March 2014.